Please help with homework Hamlet Act I, 1.4: Hamlet says of Claudius’s carousing

  1. Hamlet says of Claudius’s carousing: “it is a custom/More honored in the breach than the observance.” What is he saying about Claudius? How does he continue this line of argument later in this speech? (15-41)
  2. Why don’t Horatio and the others want Hamlet to follow the Ghost? Cite specific lines.
  3. Marcellus says, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” How does this relate to previous lines in this scene and in the play?
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